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You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: Believer Book of Advice

You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: Believer Book of Advice

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A compendium of advice from the producers, writers, and actors of The Office, Saturday Night Live, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Knocked Up, Flight of the Conchords, The Daily Show, Arrested Development, Reno 911!, and The Hangover along with other people who should really never give advice.

In these pages Fred Armisen offers help telling your dad you're a lesbian--give him the phone number and he'll do it for you. Mindy Kaling provides guidance on ending things with your mistress--dude, you totally have to kill her. Rainn Wilson offers insight on contacting that girl you dreamed about last night--he has created all-purpose web portal for such interactions. Amy Sedaris identifies the best way to a man's heart--bone saw through the chest cavity.

Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, Fred Armisen, Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Samantha Bee, Michael Ian Black, Andy Borowitz, Michael Cera, Vernon Chatman, Rob Corddry, David Cross, Larry Doyle, Paul Feig, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garofalo, Daniel Handler, Todd Hanson, Tim Heidecker, Ed Helms, Buck Henry, Mindy Kaling, John Lee, Thomas Lennon, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, Marc Maron, Adam McKay, Eugene Mirman, Morgan Murphy, Bob Odenkirk, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, Martha Plimpton, Harold Ramis, Amy Sedaris, Michael Showalter, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Sarah Vowell, David Wain, Eric Wareheim, Rainn Wilson, Lizz Winstead

Youll Grow Out of It

Youll Grow Out of It

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From Emmy award-winning comedy writer Jessi Klein, You'll Grow Out of It hilariously and candidly explores the journey of the 21st-century woman.
As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity.
In You'll Grow Out of It, Klein offers - through an incisive collection of real-life stories - a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" ("miss sounds like you weigh 99 pounds").
Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, You'll Grow Out of It is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.
Youll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

Youll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

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In this New York Times bestseller and Indie Next Pick from writer and performer Amber Ruffin and her older sister Lacey Lamar, the sisters banter with humor and heart as they share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism.

Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey? She's still living in their home state of Nebraska, and trust us, you'll never believe what happened to Lacey.

From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. She's the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think "I can say whatever I want to this woman." And now, Amber and Lacey share these entertainingly horrifying stories through their laugh-out-loud sisterly banter. Painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening (depending on how often you have personally been followed by security at department stores), this book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.

Young Orson

Young Orson

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On the centennial of his birth, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment gets his due in a groundbreaking new biography of his early years--from his first forays in theater and radio to the inspiration and making of Citizen Kane.

In the history of American popular culture, there is no more dramatic story--no swifter or loftier ascent to the pinnacle of success and no more tragic downfall--than that of Orson Welles. In this magisterial biography, Patrick McGilligan brings young Orson into focus as never before. He chronicles Welles's early life growing up in Wisconsin and Illinois as the son of an alcoholic industrialist and a radical suffragist and classical musician, and the magical early years of his career, including his marriage and affairs, his influential friendships, and his artistic collaborations.

The tales of his youthful achievements were so colorful and improbable that Welles, with his air of mischief, was often thought to have made them up. Now after years of intensive research, McGilligan sorts out fact from fiction and reveals untold, fully documented anecdotes of Welles's first exploits and triumphs, from starring as a teenager on the Gate Theatre stage in Dublin and bullfighting in Sevilla, to his time in the New York theater and his fraught partnership with John Houseman in the Mercury Theatre, to his arrival in Hollywood and the making of Citizen Kane. Filled with intriguing new insights and startling revelations--including the surprising true origin and meaning of "Rosebud"--Young Orson is a fascinating look at the creative development and influences that shaped this legendary artistic genius.

Your Dad Stole My Rake

Your Dad Stole My Rake

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"I have been a close friend of Tom Papa for 17 years. His lack of ability to perceive even the most basic principles of human functioning have made him an invaluable asset to me as a friend and colleague. Because he sees nothing, knows nothing and understands nothing, I always seek his advice for the most complex matters. Furthermore, I would definitely recommend whatever the name of this book is, because I know it comes from a place of pure nonsense without any knowledge of anything. He is really one of my favorite people." --Jerry Seinfeld, author of SeinLanguage

"Finally a funny book about parenting. Great observations. Great writing. Actually funny. I've always known Tom was hysterical, now I know he is a great writer and a fantastic storyteller. Can Tom Papa write all books?" --Jim Gaffigan, author of Dad is Fat

It's hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and Live From Here head writer and performer, Tom Papa.

How do you deal with a life filled with a whole host of characters and their bizarre, inescapable behavior? Especially when you're related to them? Tom Papa is here to help you make sense of it all. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm book that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives. He exposes everyone, from crazy aunts with mustaches, grandparents who communicate by yelling, and uncles who use marijuana as a condiment.

Among the topics covered:
- Tiger Mom v. Ice-Cream Mom
- Stop Trying to be Cool
- In Defense of Family Vacations
- No Fighting Before Coffee
- Least Popular Baby Names
- Wife Lie Detector
- Your Cat Thinks You're Too Needy

Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this book.

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

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Considering a trip to a quaint English village? You'll think twice after learning about the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind the bucolic façades, thanks to this illustrated guide from #1 bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper--perfect for fans of cozy mysteries.

A weekend roaming narrow old lanes, touring the faded glories of a country manor, and quaffing pints in the pub. How charming. That is, unless you have the misfortune of finding yourself in an English Murder Village, where danger lurks around each picturesque cobblestone corner and every sip of tea may be your last. If you insist on your travels, do yourself a favor and bring a copy of this little book. It may just keep you alive.

Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck! And whatever you do, avoid the vicar.

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded

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On September 13, 1998, John Scalzi sat down in front of his computer to write the first entry in his blog Whatever--and changed the history of the Internet as we know it today.

What, you're not swallowing that one? Okay, fine: He started writing Whatever and amused about 15 people that first day. If that many. But he kept at it, for ten years and running. Now 40,000 people drop by on a daily basis to see what he's got to say.

About what? Well, about whatever: Politics, writing, family, war, popular culture and cats (especially with bacon on them). Sometimes he's funny. Sometimes he's serious (mostly he's sarcastic). Sometimes people agree with him. Sometimes they send him hate mail, which he grades on originality and sends back. Along the way, Scalzi's become a best-selling, award-winning author, a father, and a geek celebrity. But no matter what, there's always another Whatever post to amuse and/or enrage his readers.

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded collects some of the best and most popular Whatever entries from the first ten years of the blog - a decade of Whatever, presented in delightfully random form, just as it should be.

* Winner of the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book

* Introduction by Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man's War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe's Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: "After the Coup"

Other Tor Books
The Android's Dream
Agent to the Stars
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
Fuzzy Nation
Redshirts
Lock In
The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)

Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps: True Tales of an Accidental Ghost Hunter

Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps: True Tales of an Accidental Ghost Hunter

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Do ghosts really exist, or is ghostly phenomena just strange stuff that gets blamed on dead people? Giving you the real story, professional ghostbuster and skeptic Adam Selzer of Weird Chicago Tours delves into a mysterious death at a former funeral parlor, nightly ghost sightings at Hull House, and more. Proving that not all ghost hunters are kooks (some are just geeks gone wild), Selzer showcases true spooky tales worldwide, a history of hauntings, the art of ghost hunting, and cool evidence of paranormal phenomena and the supernatural. These ghost stories will make you want to investigate that cemetery down the road to see if it's haunted--or just dark and creepy.

Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason

Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason

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Ever accidentally sent a mass e-mail to your office describing your Not Safe-For-Work fantasy kingdom? Or been confused about the ground rules at a cuddle party? Looking to rent an overpriced room in the Hamptons from a co-dependent sociopath with a checkered past (and a hot tub)? Good. Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason collects Mike Sacks's unique humor pieces--Craigslist ads, lesser-known tantric positions, letters to famous authors, Shaft living in the suburbs, a classic-rock DJ suffering a nervous breakdown, the occasional list--into one handsome, convenient volume. Originally published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and McSweeney's, among other venerable publications, Sacks's writing is original and sharp, yet broadly funny. Whether it's a groom tweeting his wedding and honeymoon in real time, or a publisher offering editorial suggestions for The Diary of Anne Frank, Sacks's work tangles contemporary social satire with his absurdist sensibilities.
Youre Better Than Me

Youre Better Than Me

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"It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to where she is today. In this no-holds-barred memoir, Bonnie tells it like it is, and lays bare all of the smart (and not-so-smart) decisions she made on her way to finding her friends and her comedic voice."--
Youre Only Human

Youre Only Human

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At last, The Gecko has written a book!

You know him and love him as one of the most famous characters on television, that humble, hardworking spokeslizard with the fetching accent. Turns out there's so much more to him. He's a philosopher, an aphorist, a humorist, an artist, a warm companion, a natural storyteller--and, in a grand tradition, a keenly observant and wise outsider who in the course of living and traveling among us has discovered quite a lot about the things that make us human. Figuratively speaking, of course. You're Only Human is his brilliant take on people, written and illustrated with considerable charm.


He makes curious and interesting observations on everything from dreams to job interviews to adversity, Twitter to the Golden Rule (it's not what you think it is) to talking animals: I'm really not sure what all the fuss is about. Lots of animals talk, including humans. The bigger question is, what do you have to say worth listening to?


You're Only Human will reveal a remarkable character who is equally at home discussing the secrets of the universe, and pie and chips. How lucky we are to publish his first book.

Youve Goat This

Youve Goat This

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Fearless, fleet-footed, and full of curiosity, good-natured goats have it all. In this motivating guide to self-improvement, the stars of the popular Instagram Goats Gone Grazing teach us to take life by the horns.

Some days, it's a struggle just to get out of bed--let alone eat our greens, climb the career ladder, and make our family and friends smile. Some days, in this fast-paced world, we find ourselves wondering how to keep it together. And advice? It's like we've herd it all before.

Whether they are hopping up the peaks of mountains, through the treetops, or onto the backs of cows, goats are natural masters of balance, famed for their brains, brawn, and bawdy good humor. With their philosopher's beards, stately horns, and outgoing charm, these versatile animals know that working hard is just as important as cuddling up. They may be scruffy, wily, and mischievous, but when it comes to making the most of their days, these goats aren't kidding around.

This powerful guide features two hundred personality-packed photos of the adult and baby goat stars of Goats Gone Grazing on their Kentucky farm and gives affirming advice to shepherd you the through good, the baaaad, and the graze-y. Sections cover health, romance, family, work, and finding yourself. It's time to stop being riddled by your human insecurities. Here, at last, is the advice you need to goat for it!

Zappa: a Biography

Zappa: a Biography

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Ten years after his death, rebel, performer, and true musical visionary Frank Zappa continues to influence popular culture. Zappa is a brilliant and sweeping portrait, written by one of rock music's most respected biographers.

Zen and the Art of Rock Paper Scissors: The Ultimate Hand Book

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Zen Coloring - Animals

Zen Coloring - Animals

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Stress relieving, relaxing, and above all FUN! Relax into the creative world of coloring with Zen Coloring books. Each book in the collection contains a beautiful and diverse range of illustrations for you to color in as you wish. From simple to complex, the drawings span the scope of intricacy and style. You'll soon understand the calming, Zen-like benefits of focusing on the simple yet satisfying activity of coloring in these patterns and designs.

Unplug and pick up a pencil instead. Let the artist in you shine. Unleash your creative energy. Discover a talent you didn't know you had. Or simply unplug and disconnect from your day by relaxing with Zen Coloring: Animals. You'll soon find that coloring can be a way to clear your mind and lighten your mood.

Over 40 patterns to color in. Zen Coloring: Animals contains over 40 illustrations you can color in featuring fantastic, intricate animals in your chosen color scheme.

In addition to Zen Coloring: Animals, the series includes coloring books on Nature, Flowers, Ocean, and Mandalas.

Zen Coloring - Mandalas

Zen Coloring - Mandalas

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Stress relieving, relaxing, and above all FUN! Relax into the creative world of coloring with Zen Coloring books. Each book in the collection contains a beautiful and diverse range of illustrations for you to color in as you wish. From simple to complex, the drawings span the scope of intricacy and style. You'll soon understand the calming, Zen-like benefits of focusing on the simple yet satisfying activity of coloring in these patterns and designs.

Unplug and pick up a pencil instead. Let the artist in you shine. Unleash your creative energy. Discover a talent you didn't know you had. Or simply unplug and disconnect from your day by relaxing with Zen Coloring: Mandalas. You'll soon find that coloring can be a way to clear your mind and lighten your mood.

Over 40 patterns to color in. Zen Coloring: Mandalas contains over 40 illustrations you can color in featuring fantastic, intricate mandalas in your chosen color scheme.

In addition to Zen Coloring: Mandalas, the series includes coloring books on Nature, Animals, Ocean, and Flowers.

Zen of Zombie

Zen of Zombie

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While you may struggle to get out of bed each morning, swaying lifelessly across the room, mouth agape, arms hanging slack, and murmuring unintelligibly, take at heart that you are not alone. While many people feel this way, most of those staggering, limp, perpetually drowsy folks just happen to be zombies--and it turns out they can teach us a lot about enjoying life!

Zen of Zombie will teach you their secrets to happiness, by learning how to slow down and move at your own pace, become your own boss, and just devour those irritating people who get in your way. And there's more, because zombies can offer no-nonsense advice on love, playing to your strengths, and on becoming more adaptable.

With this recent update, you will learn more about the inner workings of the living dead, and why they do the things they're known so well for doing . . .including why they always have that glazed over look on their faces. Follow the genius of Scott Kenemore as he leads you through the world that only a zombie could properly understand.

Having peace and tranquility in life is the key to success and happiness. Now, with this book by your side, you will be able to not only find spiritual relaxation and chi, but you'll also be taught how to think less and relax more . . . as zombies have no use for their brains.

Zen Wrapped in Karma and Dipped in Chocolate

Zen Wrapped in Karma and Dipped in Chocolate

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How does a real-life Zen master -- not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted by mainstream culture -- help others through hard times when he's dealing with pain of his own? How does he meditate when the world is crumbling around him? Is meditation a valid response or just another form of escapism? These are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

During a year that Warner spent giving talks and leading retreats across North America, his mother and grandmother died, he lost his dream job, and his marriage fell apart. In writing about how he applied the Buddha's teachings to his own real-life suffering, Warner shatters expectations, revealing that Buddhism isn't some esoteric pie-in-the-sky ultimate solution but an exceptionally practical way to deal with whatever life dishes out.